Camino de Santiago 2016

Every single one of us possesses the strength to attempt something he isn't sure he can accomplish. It can be running a mile, or a 10 k race, or 100 miles. It can be changing a career, losing 5 lbs., or telling someone you love her (or him).
-- Scott Jurek

Old age is the time to be dangerous. Dangerously fun loving, dangerously alive . . . This is the time to do every single thing we can possibly do with all the life we can bring to it. This is the time to live with an edge, with strength, with abandon. There is nothing for which to save our energy. Now it is simply time to spend time well.
-- Joan Chittister

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Day 1 St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles

The section between St. Jean Pied de Port, France and Roncesvalles, Spain was tough. In 16 miles you climb 4880' then drop 2300'. The weather was perfect - mixed sun and clouds, a warm breeze. 

This Basque section of the Pyrenees is really just "foothills" to the Pyrenees Mountains - dotted with farms and grazed by sheep and cows.



And there are horses. Once wild, they appear to be less so now.   Clearly.

Roncesvalles is crowded - all the hotels and albergues are completo - full. Lots of footsore pilgrims. I'm glad to have the highest climb on the Camino done. 

Internet service is spotty, so I may not be able to post daily. 

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